Against the dictatorship of film festivals

Against the dictatorship of film festivals

Zuzana Piussi is not an author who likes to please her audience. Her films are provocative, often made all by herself and even without the help of a cameraman. For her, films are an “inner compulsion”. She has been labelled a heroine, although she does not accept this label and refuses to answer questions about what she is and what she is not afraid of.

About the films
A charge brought against Slovak independent documentarist Zuzana Piussi for an unauthorized use of the footage of judge Helena Kožíková in her documentary reportage entitled DISEASE OF THE THIRD POWER, which focuses on uncovering the faults of the non-functioning Slovak judicial system, initiated a debate about the freedom of speech in Slovakia. Her film KOLIBA is a documentary detective story exploring the fate of Slovakian film. What might look as a portrait of film critic Pavel Branko has been recast by Piussi into an intimate confession in the documentary called HERO OF OUR TIMES. In her film CRYING OF ANGELS, the director shows the conflict of homosexuality with catholic faith in Slovakia.

Zuzana Piussi is not an author who likes to please her audience. Her films are provocative, often made all by herself and even without the help of a cameraman. For her, films are an “inner compulsion”. She has been labelled a heroine, although she does not accept this label and refuses to answer questions about what she is and what she is not afraid of.

About the films
A charge brought against Slovak independent documentarist Zuzana Piussi for an unauthorized use of the footage of judge Helena Kožíková in her documentary reportage entitled DISEASE OF THE THIRD POWER, which focuses on uncovering the faults of the non-functioning Slovak judicial system, initiated a debate about the freedom of speech in Slovakia.

Her film KOLIBA is a documentary detective story exploring the fate of Slovakian film. What might look as a portrait of film critic Pavel Branko has been recast by Piussi into an intimate confession in the documentary called HERO OF OUR TIMES. In her film CRYING OF ANGELS, the director shows the conflict of homosexuality with catholic faith in Slovakia.

Zuzana Piussi focuses mainly on Slovakian topics, avoiding the “universal European ones” which she perceives as being governed by the dictatorship of film distributors.

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